Most common viruses in our days: How to fight them?

Recent world events has many of us scrambling to boost our health and increase the power of our immune systems. While the novel coronavirus currently in the news cannot be completely prevented by increasing the strength of your immune response, a stronger body generally allows us to bounce back more quickly and fight off secondary infections.

What is a Virus?


A virus is an infectious agent that can’t replicate without living cells. Unlike bacteria, which can spread through a water system or in a container of food by asexual cell replication known as binary fission, a virion, or virus with no host cannot replicate until it invades a cell.

Viruses are covered with a protein shell. The virus that causes COVID-19 also has a lipid layer. Once the outer shell is breached and the nucleic material inside the virus is exposed, the virus is dead. The simple act of hand-washing can do a lot to destroy both viruses and bacteria. The combination of friction and soap can break down the lipid layer quickly.

Birth and Infections


Once the host cell is invaded, viruses replicate either through the lytic or the lysogenic cycle. The lytic cycle leads to an active infection. The virus latches onto the host cell and injects viral DNA into the cell. The viral DNA takes over and builds new viruses inside the cell. These new viruses eventually destroy the cell walls and spread to nearby cells.

In the lysogenic cycle, the reproductive material enters the cell and may or may not start replicating. However, as the host cell replicates, the encoded viral reproductive material will also be replicated. Though no obvious infection may be visible, the host is now at risk of illness should the virus start replicating.

Their Help and Their Harm?


Viruses trigger your immune system. The act of getting an inoculation or vaccine shot can also trigger your immune system, which means that your body now views that virus as an enemy and will target any viral material and destroy it quickly. A hearty immune system can give you protection against serious illness or enable you to bounce back quickly, but it can’t protect you from novel viruses such as that which causes COVID-19.

How to Improve Your Health To Be Resistant to Harmful Viruses

Lifestyle


One of the most important things you can do to avoid viral infection is to keep your hands clean. While masking is highly recommended as a protection against coronavirus, there are many viruses that can live on surfaces for extended periods of time. Avoid touching your face, particularly the moist regions, such as your eyes, nose and mouth.

We know that flu season tends to fire up in the fall, and often coincides with the start of the school season. This makes sense; children come back together after a summer apart and share greetings. They can also share illnesses, and a sick child may be comforted by the chance to cuddle with a parent, giving them the illness. Strict hand-washing, sanitizing and a no-touch policy can help a great deal.

Hormone Therapy


While we know that we are at risk of a loss of muscular strength as we age, it’s also possible to suffer illnesses of the endocrine system that impact the pituitary gland. If you are still working out and notice a great loss of muscle mass, tone, flexibility and strength, schedule an appointment with your physician for blood work. Prescription of HGH injections can help you maintain your strength and stay active. Getting proper Sermorelin dosage, for instance, may take multiple blood tests, but your ability to stay active and keep your heart and lungs functioning at full capacity is critical to staying strong in the face of infection.

Hardening


Hardening refers to exposing your body to the elements in an effort to strengthen yourself and avoid illness. This can include getting in the habit of deep breathing, exposure to both heat and cold, and eating a diet that feeds a strong body before it thrills your taste buds.

Hardening can actually be quite enjoyable. To enjoy the cold, you can 

  • ski
  • snowshoe
  • shovel snow
  • build a snow fort with your children


The proper gear for your eyes and extremities are key.

In the heat, you can 

  • hike or walk
  • ride your bicycle
  • garden


Staying hydrated and using sunblock are also key. Many who enjoy strenuous physical activity also use pressure to harden their bodies. Walking is a low impact exercise. Running is higher impact, and running with weights puts even more pressure on the joints.

Vaccination


In the western world, Edward Jenner’s first use of cowpox material to prevent the spread of smallpox is well-known. Because cowpox was a much more manageable disease, exposing people to cowpox in the hope of preventing smallpox made sense. However, the development of the cowpox exposure process was not without problems. Science had no way to understand what bacteria could also lurk inside a cowpox pustule.

However, the eradication of diseases like smallpox and the near-eradication of polio are testaments to the value of vaccination.

Most Common Viruses and How Humanity Fights Them


Flu: The annual flu epidemic that spreads as people stay indoors can be reduced by getting your annual flu shot, but this predictive treatment sometimes misses the mark. Staying home when sick can help a great deal.
Coronavirus: Masking when you have to be out and avoiding crowds is a very good start to avoiding coronavirus. Getting your vaccination and booster as soon as you are able is also a great way to protect yourself and your fellow citizens.
Chicken Pox: Once the scourge of childhood, the chicken pox vaccine has saved many children and adults the risk of this troubling illness and the nasty progression of shingles in adulthood.
HIV and AIDS: While the progression of AIDS can be checked with medications, the key to stopping the spread of HIV has long been prevention with the use of condoms. Safe sex practices can reduce the risk of exposure.

Viruses can infect everything from tiny bacteria to fully grown humans and beyond. Building a healthy body and avoiding exposure when possible are a great start to surviving an epidemic. Vaccinations are key to protecting our bodies and our fellow humans.